In Reichs' third book a child bystander is killed in Montreal during a continuing feud between outlaw bikers and in the course of her investigation, Brennan (forensic anthropologist in both North Carolina and Montreal) unearths bones, which may belong to a missing girl in North Carolina.
With her almost-lover and police colleague Andrew Ryan disgraced and unavailable, and her visiting nephew increasingly fascinated with biker culture, Reichs plunges alone into a milieu which prides itself on brutality and misogyny. As the science produces more intriguing questions than answers and Reichs puts herself in increasing danger, the tension heightens, culminating in a bullet-riddled climax and a particularly nasty solution to the mystery of the bones.
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"Know anything about Slick?" asked Kit.The science is as accurate as the author can make it. Kathy Reichs's own...
"He doesn't look like the pick of the litter."
"Yeah, even from that motley litter." He flipped the picture. "Heck, this guy croaked when I was 3 years old."
There were two more photos of Slick's funeral, both taken from a distance, one at the cemetery, the other on the church steps. Many of the mourners wore caps riding their eyebrows, and bandannas stretched to cover their mouths.
"The one you've got must be from a private collection." I handed Kit the other pictures. "I think these two are police surveillance photos. Seems the bereaved weren't anxious to show their faces."